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I hope this is the right forum. Who does a good job, preferably close to Detroit?

I just bought a new, old stock BoMar. I have a Colt Series 80 that I would like to install it on. I have done nothing with it beyond installing a longer trigger and a flat mainspring housing. I haven't even gotten rid of the finger collet bushing.

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I would be very careful in making that statement. Not all gunsmith do it correctly. I learned that 2 lessons the hard way. I had a front sight installed and the gunrummy cut the dovetail too wide, instead of filing the dovetail to fit a standard cut. Now only oversized dovetails fit the cut. Bad Juju. Ask to see examples if previous installations before letting someone hack on your prized piece. If you are having tritium sights installed make sure they use a sight pusher and not tap them in, tapping them in will break the vials and the gas leaks out and they don't glow w/o the gas. Just words of caution.
 

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Pretty darn cheap to ship a slide to a known competent smiff.
Pretty darn expensive when the local 'talent' buggers up a BoMar install.
 

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Chuck is correct.
Once the slide is buggered, it is buggered for good.
Ship it to someone that knows what they are doing.
 

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It was one of those I out of town things. Didn't know the smith, but saw a lot of high dollar guns, so they must be good, WRONG. The Bomar was already cut it was the front sight they cut oversized instead of filing the front sight base to fit the dovetail that was already cut to the correct size. Live and learn.
 

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I don't doubt what you guys are saying. But, how do you get through Gunsmith school w/o being able to know how to use a lathe and a mill with a minimum degree of proficiency?

So, are saying in addition to Gunsmith schooling, there's a "Goobersmith" school out there somewhere? :eek:
 

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Lots of local guys are really "armorers" They tend to swap ot what is broken- I'm not trying to start fight, but there are miles between the work guys here do an what many local smiths do. This forum is for 1911 specialists. I have lots of guys in my area who have never touched a mill or a lathe and do very good work. As for the OP's slide. Talk to a pro 1911 smith and you can send just the slide.
 

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Greg,

I understand about the difference between an armorer and a gunsmith, hadn't really thought of it that way, but I see your point.

I made the "local" smith suggestion based on the fact that I have done a Bo-Mar cut, and while fairly complex, I would think if a smith had a mill, this should be a relatively straightforward task.

However, I know there are some scary folks out there making a living hacking up peoples guns.
 

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Bo-Mar sight cut

Schmeky does great work when milling Bo-Mar sight cuts;:) I just don't know if he would do this for hire since he basically does his own gunsmithing work, and an occassional favor.......
 

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On a Series 80, to avoid the firing pin lock plunger, the low-mount Bomar is typically installed in an ugly fashion that overhangs the rear of the slide. You could not run fast enough to give me one of these deformed monstrosities.

The Bomar can be mounted in the proper "Series 70" position if one junks the Series 80 parts.

Bomar installations differ. The "pocket cut" low-mount, in the proper "Series 70" position is functional and attractive. Other sorts of installations aren't. IMO, one would be better off just getting a fixed sight of some sort than to mill their slide for an ugly Bomar installation.

Check with Chuck Rogers, Jim Milks (with EGW prior to hanging out his own shingle), or some other nationally known pistolsmith, rather than trying to economize with a "local" guy...unless you've seen his work and it suits you.

Just my $.02,

Rosco
 
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